Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Station: BBC Radio 4

A granddaughter and grandmother who survived Auschwitz reflect on its impact on them both.

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Station: BBC Radio 4

Fi Glover with a conversation about the lasting impact of facing living death in Auschwitz

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Station: BBC Radio 4

Two friends share the stories of their grandmothers, who couldn't have been more different

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Station: BBC Radio 4

A vicar and his partner plan their wedding in spite of the Church's ban on gay marriage.

Tom and Sandra - Life Goes On

Tom and Sandra - Life Goes On

Station: BBC London 94.9

A couple consider a time when they will no longer be around to see what happens.

Kate and Rachel: It's Not A Bad Thing, To Ask For Help

Kate and Rachel: It's Not A Bad Thing, To Ask For Help

Station: BBC Radio Cumbria

Fell running Rachel has tasted life with a disability, after breaking her ankle recently.

Tom and Sandra - Our Mothers

Tom and Sandra - Our Mothers

Station: BBC London 94.9

Couple Tom and Sandra discuss their mothers and the changes during their lifetimes.

Debbie and Beth: I Just Want My Child To Be Happy.

Debbie and Beth: I Just Want My Child To Be Happy.

Station: BBC Radio Cumbria

Two friends celebrate the individual qualities of their Down's Syndrome children.